Prescription drug take-back event helps keep drugs off UP streets


"There are several very important reasons to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs, but the main reason is these medicines remain in the home and are highly susceptible to being misused, stolen and abused", said Sheriff Matt Gentry. Your old medications can be a lure to criminals looking for drugs to use or sell.

It's National Drug Take Back Day and the Barling Police Department partnered with the Sebastian County Sheriff's Department Saturday (Oct. 27).

Nationwide in April 2018, Take Back sites collected 474.5 tons of prescription drugs. Proper disposal also helps reduce the risk of prescription drugs entering a human water supply or potentially harming aquatic life, police said. The drugs will later be destroyed by the DEA. The DEA can not accept liquids, needles or sharps. You know, no one is immune from abuse of medications.

The Elmhurst Police Department will be collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs as part of a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration for Prescription Take Back Day.

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National Take Back Day will take place twice a year.

The goal is to offer people a safe way to dispose of unused, un-needed, and expired prescription drugs, possibly preventing opioid abuse. Personal information will be removed from the containers.

Residents who couldn't make it out to this weekend's event can check with the Hidalgo County District Attorney's office for year-round drop-off locations. A year ago they collected around 150 pounds.